Lockdown 4.0 | Schools, malls to remain shut; shops, public transport may open up in Red Zone: Sources - Kashmir Student Alerts

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Lockdown 4.0 | Schools, malls to remain shut; shops, public transport may open up in Red Zone: Sources


The government is likely to provide further relaxation to facilitate business activities during Lockdown 4.0 but at the same time will also impose stricter restrictions in containment zones.

 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lockdown 4.0 will start on May 18; the Centre will soon release its details

  • Sources say schools, colleges and malls will remain shut across India

  • States will get greater flexibility in taking decisions


Senior officials privy to the information said the aim is to provide more relaxations without letting down guard. In Lockdown 4.0, states and Union territories are likely to get greater flexibility as the country prepares to learn to live with Covid-19.

"No state/UT wants complete withdrawal of the lockdown. But they all want a graded exit plan so that economic activities can be resumed," a senior officer said on conditions of anonymity.

He said, in Lockdown 4.0, schools, colleges, malls and movie theatres will not be allowed to operate anywhere in the country. However, the government is allow salons, barber shops and spas could be allowed to open even in Red Zones, except in areas that have been marked as containment zones. At present, they are allowed to remain open in Orange and Green Zones.

The Centre has asked states and UTs to submit their recommendation on the modalities of Lockdown 4.0 latest by Friday. India Today TV has learnt that Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam and Telangana have said they want the lockdown to be extended to contain spread of Covid-19.

Punjab has favoured continuation of a strict lockdown and said that states need to be given greater flexibility in micro-planning as part of a carefully planned exit strategy, encompassing both Covid-19 containment and a defined path of economic revival.

Tripura also echoed the same sentiments saying state should have more say in defining Green, Orange and Red Zones.
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Sikkim, which does not have any Covid-19 case so far, has also demanded stricter lockdown to continue. Sikkim said its economy is largely based on tourism and it any relaxation with other states may spread the virus in the state as well.

Besides this, in Lockdown 4.0. mass transport may see phase-wise resumption. The Centre says easing of public transport like bus, railways and domestic airlines are likely to be allowed in the next few days.

However, states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Bihar have said they are not in favour of complete resumption of train and air services till May-end.

The Centre meanwhile is looking at allowing limited relaxation for local trains, buses and metro-rail services in non-containment areas in Red Zones.

As per sources, auto-rickshaw and taxis may also be allowed in Red zones with restrictions on the number of passengers. However, these too will only be allowed in non-containment areas.